Election 2017: Councils welcome ALP tourism package, continue push for reef funding
Developing and growing the local tourism sector
The Local Government Association of Queensland has welcomed news that councils will be eligible to bid for funding under Labor’s proposed $36 million Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Experience Development Program.
The proposed program, part of Labor’s $134 million commitment to boost tourism in regional Queensland, would be targeted at communities with a population of fewer than 100,000.
Local councils, community organisations and tourism businesses would be eligible for grants of up to $500,000 on a dollar-for-dollar matched funding basis to build on industry capabilities or help build small scale tourism infrastructure.
LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said the package recognised the role many local councils played in developing and growing their local tourism sector.
'This is a good step toward recognising that economic development, including tourism, is best encouraged through partnering with local councils,' he said.
'The LGAQ’s 10 Point Election Plan has more to say about growing regional tourism, particularly the need for all governments to treat the Great Barrier Reef as a driver of economic development and help local councils invest in its preservation.'
He said the LGAQ looked forward to engaging all parties contesting the election in addressing the policy issues contained in the Association’s 10 Point Plan, which can be accessed at http://bit.ly/201710PointPlan.
Local Government Association of Queensland
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